“I wake early. They are picking us up at 8:30 a.m. I am up at 3:30 a.m. This internal clock thing is playing with me. My adrenaline one-ups it and so far I haven’t gotten cranky and have managed to stay awake while going about town. At 6:00 a.m. I go down to breakfast where other internal-clock-misfits in my group are already. This group has turned out to be wonderful and having Thiha to give us insights has been fabulous. It’s nice to know that everything is taken care of for us and, on a personal level, it is comforting to have others to say good-morning to and share a cup of coffee with.”
– Lidia Pires, Lidia the Explorer
There’s a quote I came across a while back from Paul Fussell, “ . . . the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes, but tries new places all the time.” Indeed, the initial sense of bewilderment is one of the most fantastic things one can experience. Although, as it goes for some of us, that feeling eventually fades and we are necessitated to seek out someplace new. Thankfully, there are so many options.
This post is one of those tales. Lidia expresses her amazement in stepping off the plane into the recently accessible Myanmar with a staccato beat of description. Every new visual or cultural experience she has is laid out in that tone of the pure ecstasy of new discoveries.
I first read Lidia the Explorer’s blog in the first couple months of this year. She was researching destinations in the planning stages of a multi-country trip through Southeast Asia, which to date, puts my own forays to shame. After returning home for a few months, she is once again on the road and documenting her journey through the Land Down Under.